Syncing Palm device via USB Cable

pursley1 at pursley1 at
Tue Mar 11 07:09:13 UTC 2008

With the help of another person, we were able to deduce that the problem 
was because of Fedora, which by default, does not give access to the USB 
ports to users.  There is no group to add to fix this problem and it 
took changing the global security permissions to allow everyone full 
access to the ports to get it to work.  This really should be addressed 
on future versions of Fedora so I don't have to re-fix this problem 
every time the system updates the security.  How do I recommend it?


Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-03-10 at 10:11 -0500, pursley1 at wrote:
>> Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2008-03-10 at 08:20 -0500, pursley1 at wrote:
>>>> I'm new to Fedora and am still classified have been messing around with 
>>>> Linux part-time for about a year but am trying to migrate fully to Linux 
>>>> now and can't seem to get my Palm device to sync.  It connects via a USB 
>>>> cable and I can even tell you how it appears in the proc file system USB 
>>>> file when it is activated but how do I tell the software that it's 
>>>> there?  This is only one of a few things that is hindering my desire to 
>>>> completely eliminate Windows from my computer (I haven't liked Microsoft 
>>>> for years).  Any help here?
>>> 1) Make sure you have the pilot-link package installed and up to date.
>>> 2) Make sure it works: do 'pilot-dlpsh -p usb:' and play around. Check
>>> the man pages for the various pilot-* commands.
>>> 3) If you want a GUI front-end pick one (e.g. kpilot, gnome-pilot) and
>>> install it.
>>> 4) Configure the front-end to use 'usb:' as the Pilot device.
>>> poc
>> Well, I tested your examples and all of the things you suggested to 
>> check worked just fine except that none of the front-ends are able to 
>> connect with it.  I can connect with it manually using the 'pilot-dlpsh' 
>> command just fine.  I've tried 'gnome-pilot' & 'jpilot' with no success 
>> at all.
> I use kpilot myself, so I can't help you. I would suggest making sure
> you have the latest version, and that the front end is configured to use
> 'usb:' as the device name. Earlier versions of pilot-link had
> complicated ways of setting up serial ports, linking to the /dev/pilot
> device, loading a 'visor' kernel module etc. etc., all of which gave a
> lot of headaches and were unreliable. The current pilot-link uses the
> libusb user-land library which is not only more reliable but noticeably
> faster, but some of the frontends may not have caught up yet.
> poc

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